Information Systems is part of Karlstad Business School. The discipline includes technical, financial, and educational aspects of information systems.
New associate professor: Ala Sarah Alaqra
The faculty board approved Ala Sarah's application to be promoted to associate professor in Information Systems on their meeting the 14th of September. Ala Sarah, who started at the Business School in February 2020, is one of the most productive researchers at our department.
Norwegian local news site checked stakeholder's knowledge of Swedish crisis terms
The Norwegian-Swedish phrase book for terminology to use in crisis exercises has got a interactive introduction on a web page at criseit.org. News sites serving two Norwegian municipalities used this and the phrasebook to test some mayors and rescue officers on their ability to interpret the 10 Swedish terms. Good scores it turned out, but the interviewed people praised the utility of such a phrasebook. (In Norwedish: see CriseIT's page.)
One professor and one PhD candidate wanted!
Karlstad Business School has an open position as professor in Information Systems within digital transformation. Of special weight for this position is successful research within digital transformation with interorganisational perspectives or sustainability perspectives. We furthermore want the applicants to have a strong background in development of undergrad and master education. A professor must be able to take on the role of subject coordinator and thus guide the subject group in educational matters as well as in research.
Moreover, we are looking for a research student within the area of agile digital transformation. This doctorand will pursue her/his studies within the Swedish national research school Management and IT (MIT), where the Information Systems group in Karlstad has already produced several PhD dissertations in agile ways of working in systems development. Look at Vacancies at Karlstad University.
ECIS workshop about conducting user research on distance
Our ECIS 2023 workshop "Experiences of remote user participation" in Kristiansand was a day full och discussions and sharing different kinds of experiences. A great thank you to all participants!
Architektur der Digitalen Transformation
The successful book Architecting the Digital Transformation, to which Assoc. Prof Prima Gustiené and Prof. Remigijus Gustas have contributed, has been translated by Springer into a follow-up volume with the German title Architektur der Digitalen Transformation.
Postdoc Karin Ahlin develops a tool for measuring digital competence
Digital competence is one of the most important factors to succeed with digital transformation. Karin Ahlin and colleagues has developed a tool for gauging the digital competence by self-assessments. The results can support managers and leaders in digital transformation work. In Swedish, more information is available from CTF - the Service Research Center at KAU, or contact Karin in English.
Professor Remis Gustas on being the Editor-in-Chief
Remigijus Gustas, or Remis as his colleagues calls him, is interviewed on the publisher's web pages about what it means to be Editor-in-Cief for a scientific journal. Remis has held this position for the International Journal of Information System Modeling and Design (IJISMD) since its start in 2010. He has seen the development towards predominantly electronic publishing and Open Access.
Master course guest lecturer and tutor: Prof. Saïd Assar from Paris
Saïd came in contact with our group via an earlier colleague of his, Dr. Sana Skandrani, who is now an assistant professor in Information Systems at KAU: "Sana used to particpate regularely in our research seminars at Institut Mines Telecom Business School, and she continues to collaborate with some colleagues at my department." Saïd contributes to course ISAD27 during this week, he will also give a research seminar at 13:15 on Wednesday April 26.
NORDeHEALTH project meeting January 18th - 21st 2023
Bridget Kane attend the NORDeHEALTH project meeting in Espoo, Finland. Bridget is leading a Work Package that looks at oncology patient notes made by multidisciplinary teams, and patient involvement in the decisions on their care. NORDeHEALTH is a NordForsk funded project with collaborators in Norway, Finland Sweden and Estonia, and aims to identify the challenges and opportunities in digitization of health services, especially when national portals are implemented to give patients online access to their Electronic Health Records and other Personal eHealth Services (PeHS) for increasing self-management and transparency in healthcare.
New junior lecturer in Information Systems
Elin Nilsson, who this year have worked half-time at a temporary position is now employed as junior lecturer in Information Systems. She will continue to assist senior teachers in entry level courses and contribute with her expertise in courses in Accessibility, Interaction Design, User Testing, etc. She is currently conducting usability testing for the university's communication unit concerning a major re-design of the intranet.
Best Reviewer at ACIS 2022 from Information Systems in Karlstad
Odd Fredriksson from KAU Business School won a Best Reviewer Award at the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) 2022, University of Melbourne in Melbourne, 4-7 December. More than 450 reviews had been submitted, of which Odd contributed two, but for this award it is the quality, not the quantity, that counts. Another Best Reviewer recognition that went to our group was awarded Prof. Pettersson at the admittedly much smaller AIS special interest group Education (ICISER 2022) 11 December in Copenhagen.
Carin Lindskog successfully defended her dissertation
With the COVID-19 restrictions now removed, it was a crowded lecture hall that saw Carin Lindskog defend her doctoral thesis in Information Systems, Tensions experienced and balancing strategies used in Agile Software Development environments, on Friday the 2nd of December. Opponent was Prof. Fredrik Karlsson from Örebro University. Carin Lindskog is a teacher at the Karlstad Business School and have during her research studies been financed by MIT - the national research school in Management and Information Technology.
Best Reviewer at MENACIS 2022 from Information Systems in Karlstad
Sana Rouis Skandrani from KAU Business School and Ovais Ahmad from KAU Computer Science have participated in MENACIS2022 at KFUPM - King Fahd University of Petrolium and Minerals, in Saudi Arabia and won two separate prices: best reviewer award went to our Sana and best paper award to Ovais together with co-authors Sebastian Herold, Bestoun Ahmed, Martin Blom, and Iqra Khan.
Karlstad Business School day
Our business school has engaged three speakers for this year’s “day”. Sana Rouis Skandrani from the Information Systems group will be speaking about the use of digital tools to develop sustainable networking with developing countries. The other two speakers are Jan Gulliksen, well-known HCI professor, and David Ståhlberg, expert within change management related to digitization.
New teacher assistant (amanuensis)
Linus Geewe is a first-year student at the master’s programme with a bachelor’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Hamburg University. In Hamburg he held several HCI-related internship positions. He is now part-time employed as an amanuensis in Information Systems and will assist in the usability lab and at undergrad level courses.
Teaching Information Systems at KAU’s conference on teaching and examination
Several presentations were made by Information Systems teachers at this year’s university pedagogical conference. Using actual cases in teaching, pedagogical development at the Business School, teaching computer programming by motivating assignments, and the power of anonymous feedback – how a whole lecture can be presented in Mentimeter format. And the Centre for Societal Risk Research presented Risk pedagogy and the concept RiskLab.
PhD defence in December about conflicting assumptions in agile organisations
Carin Lindskog defends her doctoral thesis "Tensions experienced and balancing strategies used in Agile Software Development environments" on Friday the 2nd of December. Opponent will be Fredrik Karlsson from Örebro University. The discussion will be held in Swedish. https://www.kau.se/kalenderhandelser/disputation-i-informatik-0
Seminar: Web-based training for first-responders
Wednesday 10:30-11:00 Daniel Jefimov via videoconf from Estonia: “I did my thesis at Estonian Academy of Security Science as design-based research in which I made online training of railway accident. I work at Estonian Rescue board as rescue team leader of Sillamäe city rescue team (managing level: operational/bronze). In the thesis I transferred a railway accident live simulation to virtual world for online training.” At the seminar Jefimov demonstrates his web-based training material and explains his research behind it. Stella Polikarpus from the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences will also attend the seminar.
Seminar: Prof. Eva Svensson presents the SweDigArch project
Information System's fikarum 14:15-15:00. "The aim of this 6-year project starting now is to integrate databases to support data-driven archaeological research. Transparent data aggregation services for excavations and landscape analyses; dynamic online access to detailed and reliable object-based information for finds, artefacts and samples; massively increased interdisciplinary and international interoperability." http://swedigarch.se/
New PhD course: Netnography and Big Data
The faculty board has decided to finance a trial run of a PhD course about netnography and big data. The proposal came from Sana Skandrani and Peter Bellström from the Information Systems group. They will also be the ones to design the course and run it. The course is scheduled for late autumn '22.
Akhona Khumalo starts her PhD studies
Former project assistant within eHealth and alumni from our Master's programme, Akhona Khumalo intensifies her eHealth research from 1st of May as our latest PhD student. Her focus will be on combining artificial intelligence and the analysis of medical journals.
2022-04-12 Deadline 2022-05-17
Open positions: Two Senior Lecturers in Information systems
We are seeking two engaged teachers, with expertise somewhere within a broad range of topics from web development to applied AI. The successful applicants must have a doctoral degree in Information Systems or related fields such as Data Science / Data Analytics, applied AI, Business Intelligence, or Software Engineering incl. software testing and web development. Alternatively, doctoral degrees in other fields but professional skills which are important for these positions. The tasks include teaching, supervision and development work at all levels of education, as well as active participation in applications for external research funding. For further information and to submit an application, go to: https://kau.varbi.com/what:job/jobID:486113/?lang=en.
Conference: M4D2022 - Mobile communication technology for Development, online and in Kigali
University of Rwanda is the host this year. No fee will be charged because most international participants will attend virtually. Information systems at KAU is part of the organizing committee. Read more at https://m4d2022.hotell.kau.se/ and at local host aceiot.ur.ac.rw
Panel discussion about digitization
- Research shows that the challenges during a digitization process is not primarily about the technology itelsf but about soft factors such as leadership, changing behaviour, mindset and attitude, and organisational culture, explains Linda Bergkvist, assistant professor in Information Systems at Karlstad Business School. Full article in Swedish.
Seminar: Multidisciplinary medical teams and their meetings
Half day seminar 8:30-12:00. Linn Rosell and Jessica Wihl from Lund University present on MDT meetings in cancer care. Kristin Groth, Karolinska, presents a user-centered design approach to technology design for MDTs. Akhona Khumalo, KAU, presents on record-keeping at MDT meetings. Bridget Kane, KAU, discusses potential for utilising the structure of talk in patient case discussions (including probablity diagrammes prepared by Sturnino Luz, Edinburgh).
Final conference for the CriseIT 2 project
Showcasing and discussing project results and tools. Norwegian ans Swedish project members as well as a dozen interested professionals gathered in Arvika in Sweden near the border to Norway when CriseIT 2 had its final conference. A 120-page report was released which targets practitioners who want to further the use of digital exercises in their organisations (written in Norwegian and Swedish: Digitalisering av krisövning - Erfarenheter från CriseIT-projekten.)
New book chapter on challenges in implementing digital assistive technology in municipal healthcare
Our researcher Linda Bergkvist has contributed to a chapter on challenges for assistive ehealth technology in the book Management and Information Technology after Digital Transformation.
Student team from Information Systems win competition in managing business system
On September 28th, the world-leading business system provider SAP organized a game management competition in managing business systems. The team from Karlstad Business School, consisting of information systems alumni, took an impressive first prize. Read more (Swedish)
Study provides answers on how users can contribute to digital hospital guide
How can users contribute to developing an app from the ground up - in a real environment? A new study provides guidance on whether a digital tool can help visitors to the Central Hospital in Karlstad to find the right one. Read the whole article (Swedish only)
Marie-Therese Christiansson and Peter Bellström new associate professors.
Marie-Therese Christiansson, the Vice Head of School at the Karlstad Business School, is now also associate professor in information systems, a subject she has served for two decades. Peter Bellström has also been part of the information system group for many years. Now Peter is taking the step up to associate professor. Read the whole article about Marie-Therese Christiansson, Read the whole article about Peter Bellström (Only available in Swedish)
Four human conditions needed for the successful introduction of digital business
The degree of commitment and proactive action from all the people and stakeholders involved affects how successful a digital business implementation will be. It is also directly linked to how successful the use of the new system will be perceived. Read the complete article by Odd Fredriksson here.
CriseIT: Sprint competition resulted in bachelor thesis
Patrik Pedersen participated in an ideation sprint arranged jointly by Karlstad University and Drivhuset (for student start ups) within the Interreg project CriseIT. Patrik was a member of the winning (interdisciplinary) team and has built on this to his bachelor thesis; more (in Swedish).
Malin Wik elected to IRIS board
Research student Malin Wik from Information Systems at Karlstad University is elected for two years as Swedish PhD-student representative in the IRIS board- Information Systems Research in Scandinavia.
Odd Fredriksson defended his doctoral thesis
Odd Fredriksson from Information Systems defended his doctoral dissertation at the Stockholm School of Economics at a public defence 9th of June.
Tomas Gustavsson wrote the 2020 project manager book
The Project Manager Book of the Year award has been nominated by the Swedish Project Forum since 2008 and must be written by a Swedish author. The 2020 assessment included 10 books and Tomas Gustavsson won for the second time. https://www.kau.se/hhk/nyheter/2020-ars-projektledarbok-skrevs-av-handelshogskolans-tomas-gustavsson (Swedish)
Two PhD Student positions in Information Systems
One position in eHealth, deadline July 21. One position in CriseIT (ICT for crisis preparedness) school Management and IT: deadline August 04;for the latter proficiency in Swedish/Norwegian is required.
CriseIT demonstrated for partners
Last year, just before the corona restrictions, CriseIT arranged a Demo Exercise with Norwegian and Swedish participants. This year, the demo was all digital, with asynchronous modules preceding synchronous ones and different types of injects were discussed in a video conference. criseit.org
SEMINAR with Petter Falk
Petter Falk, research student in Political Science, provokes under the headline "Reassembling the Citizen (Or does using the app for Social Security make me a cyborg?)" Zoom at 14:14-15:00. See also his recent chapter "Towards a Public Sector Data Culture: Data as an Individual and Communal Resource in Progressing Democracy".
CRISEIT PRESENTED TO MSB
The Interreg project CriseIT 2 is now in its last year. This year started by a presentation before some 40 teachers and administrators from the national agency for contingencies, MSB. This meeting was followed up by a workshop in March about digital support for tabletop exercises. https://www.criseit.org/about-criseit/
CRISEIT EXERCISED WITH LOCUM
Two organisations within Locum, a property manager of several hospitals, had the opportunity to practice the concept for exercising that has been developed by CriseIT. These two exercises combined this concept with simultaneous video conferencing. Prof. John Sören Petersson and security manager Anders Gidrup tell about the co-operation in this interview (in Swedish). https://www.kau.se/hhk/nyheter/criseit-2-hjalper-foretag-ova-pa-kris-under-pandemin
PUBLIC DEFENCE: Tomas Gustavsson defended his dissertation
Tomas Gustavsson successfully defended his dissertation "Inter-team Coordination in Large-scale Agile Software Development Projects" with Prof. Pär Ågerfalk as opponent on December the 4th, 2020.
SEMINAR: Günter Alce brings latest research news on IoT and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
Dec 1, 13:15-14:15 Zoom. After his student seminars in ISAD19, Günter will hold a research seminar for us (this time we will not be in the fika room for Covid reasons, as the master students are also invited to the research seminar).
SEMINAR: Erik Perjons presents the book ”An Introduction to Design Science”
Nov 24, 13:15-15:00 Zoom. Third lecture of ISAD22: Erik Perjons, DSV, presents his and Paul Johanneson's book ”An Introduction to Design Science”.
BOOK RELEASE: Marie-Therese explains process modelling
The Swedish publisher Studentlitteratur has released Marie-Therese Christensson’s book on "methods for process orientation". With this book, practitioners and students will get access to many year's of acquired experience in the field of process oriented business development. For more information, see our research pages Process Orientation in practice.
PROJECT ASSISTANT WITHIN eHEALTH
Akhona Khumalo from South Africa, who is presently finalising her studies at our Master's programme in Information System, has now been hired on 50% to assist in eHealth reseach. She will assist in data gathering and processing as well as in research funding application.
MONIKA MAGNUSSON PROMOTED
Our latest researcher to be promoted to associate professor is Monika Magnusson.
THREE NEW EMPLOYEES AT INFORMATION SYSYTEMS
Alexander Vestin, who recently worked as assistant is now employed as junior lecturer in Information Systems. We have also employed two new assistants, Egide Lutonda and Jakob Johansson, who currently are students at the master program.
TWO NEW DOCTORS AT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Ala Sarah Alaqra defended a dissertation in Computer Science on human factors within privacy-enhancing technologies at the end of January, and a few days later Ala began a new employment in Information Systems at the Karlstad Business School.
Already last summer Sana Rouis Skandrani was employed at KAU. Sana has a PhD from Luleå Technical University in Electronic Business with dissertation on the impact of Facebook usage on students' study results. At Karlstad University she develops a course in Business Simulation and Analytics and teaches within many courses.
Is an app the right way to guide visitors to the central Hospital in Karlstad? A new research study will try to provide an answer to that question. The study is a breakthrough for research in real location within DigitalWell. The methodology is developed at Karlstad University and for the trials a prototyping system called Ozlab is used. “It looks like an app but is controlled by a real person.
Can agile thinking contribute to greater focus on value-creating deliveries instead of being impeded by the initial demands?
AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH GITHUB
Karlstad Business School has signed a partnership agreement with Github – an online Community and subsidiary of Microsoft – to offer students and teaching staff the opportunity to cooperate and contribute to different IT projects without cost. Revision control of source code is very important in all development and management of systems. GIT is a system for revision control developed by the Linux creator Linus Torvalds.
Visiting researcher Stefan Rass will hold a guest lecture at Information Systems on Wednesday 14th of August at 13.15. Contemporary critical infrastructures exhibit a strong interdependency, with many known direct implications of impacts (such as by blackouts), but also with a considerable number of indirect implications and side-effects to consider in the overall picture.
NATIONAL MEETING IN KARLSTAD ON DEVELOPMENT OF ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS AND E-HEALTH SERVICES
The Swedish DOME research consortium held a meeting in Karlstad June 4-5, 2019, where Information System’s Bridget Kane, Karlstad Business School, acted as host. The purpose of the DOME consortium is to build knowledge about the implementation and use of eHealth services. Its research is based on studies of e-health projects, in particular in cooperation with the parties involved in the establishment of Online Patient Records in Sweden (“Journalen”).
NETWORK MEETING AND COURSE IN CO-PRODUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE: ON DIGITIZATION, VALUE AND BUSINESS PROCESSES
Network meeting, guest lecture, part of course – and what's more, co-production of knowledge. When process orientation in practice was on the agenda, around 50 participants from different companies, organisations and Business School IT students attended the meeting. On 8 March, students and professionals spent the whole morning focusing on process orientation, digitization and how best to create value.
A new project on needs-driven research and development of methods and tools for IT-supported crisis management training was recently granted 4.8 million Swedish krona from the EU’s regional development fund Interreg.